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Offshore sailing (Discovery Sailing Project)

There are several organisations offering offshore sailing in the Solent area, and one of these is the Discovery Sailing Project which is part of the Scout Association and based on the River Hamble.

The aims of the DSP is:

  • To promote the development of young people and enable them to achieve their full potential in line with the aims of the Scout Association.
  • To provide the opportunity for young people to experience Sail Training and adventure at sea under the leadership of qualified adults.
  • To encourage individuals or groups of people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience Sail Training through the awarding of bursaries.
  • To participate in National and International Sail Training events with the aim of building and fostering International and intercultural understanding between young people.

Voyages may for an evening, day, weekend, week or longer.

People will sleep on the boat, cook, eat and clear up their meals and work together as a team to ensure that the boat goes in the required direction in a safe and enjoyable manner.

OffshoreSailingThe aims of the DSP (Discovery Sailing Project) are achieved through sail training experience aboard the DSP’s three yachts, Thermopylae Clipper (60feet), Discovery DSP (43 feet) and Alexander Fairey (34 feet) all of which are maintained to the MCA Code of Practice which covers the construction of the vessel, its safety equipment, its machinery, its stability and the correct operation of the vessel so that safety standards are maintained.

All of the Sea Staff (skipper, mates, watch leaders) are volunteers and members of the Scout Association.  This allows the costs to be kept to the minimum and many of the sea staff spend time maintaining the yachts.

Full details can be seen on the Discovery Sailing Project web site along with some details of cruises this summer and in 2017.


In addition there are a couple of late notice vacancies :

We are short of crew members on a couple of week voyages in the Summer.

The first one is on Thermopylae from 30th July to 5th August sailing from and returning to our base at Universal.  However please note that this week can only proceed if we get enough interest.

The second one which will definitely go ahead will be on either Thermopylae or Discovery sailing from Hamble to Dartmouth.  The dates are 13th – 20th August.  There will be a minibus coming back from Dartmouth.  They will probably want a donation towards the cost.  Don’t know how much but no more than £25.

In both cases we would expect to visit France and / or the Channel Islands!

We are able to offer these voyages at £200 per person per week as a late booking.

We are also looking for crew members on Thermopylae in the age range 18 – 25 for the Small Ships Race from Dartmouth to Gosport (and back to Hamble) from 20th – 27th August. We can possibly help with transport to Dartmouth.

If you have any queries contact John Penfold

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